Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekend Preview: October 24th - 26th, 2014

Photo by Nicolas Sénégas from Snap! Space's IDENTITY exhibit 
It's the weekend before the weekend that is consumed with costumes and drunk fools roaming our city. Take advantage of the calm before the storm.

Weekend Events

because who doesn't need
a yarn jellyfish?
Movie buffs, listen up: Orlando Film Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Downtown's Cobb Plaza Theater on Orange. Day passes are $15. Lots of movies and plenty of events.

The 30th Annual Mount Dora Craft Fair is happening Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Get. Your. Craft. On.

It's also the Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts this Saturday and Sunday. So, you should probably do that too.

Friday, October 24th
Your chance to finally join
the Midnight Society!

IDENTITY opening at Snap! Space at 7:00pm; free; rsvp. Catch an Artist Talk with Zun Lee the following day (Saturday) from 2:00 to 4:00pm. (also free. also awesome)

High Fidelity: James Cornetet Solo Exhibition at Jai Gallery. The vernissage (preview) party is this Friday from 7:00 to 10:00pm; free but rsvp is appreciated.

Leu Gardens goes creepy with Ghost Stories, Friday night at 6:00pm. Food and drinks available for purchase; $10 adults, $5 kids/members.

Friday is your last day to get tickets for Sunday's Halloween DIY Workshop! (See below.)

Saturday, October 25th

Orlando's Most Authentic Oktoberfest this Saturday from 2:00 to 11:00pm in Casselberry.

For an option with less sausage and schnitzel but equal amounts of cabbage, try the Central Florida Veg Fest from 10:00 to 6:00pm. Free.

The College Park Jazz Fest is back this Saturday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm along Edgewater Drive with headliners Tiffany and Sisaundra Lewis (from The Voice). $5 minimum donation.

The election is coming up fast! Votelando is a free voters rally and festival with four stages and 70 acts. Includes food trucks, dunk station, drink specials, and more.

Following Votelando, catch local darling who left ua (#neverforget) Kaleigh Baker at the Votelando After Show at the Milk Bar at 10:30pm. She's amazing- don't miss it!

Sunday, October 26th

This Sunday from 11:00am to 3:00pm, Barber Park (5301 Gatlin Ave) is hosting the Conway Farmers' Market with produce, baked goods, food trucks, and arts and crafts.

Happy Czechoslovakian Independence Day! (What, you didn't know that?) Celebrate at the beautiful Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens' free open house this Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00pm. (Perhaps after the Winter Park Farmers Market?)

Do-it-yourself stamp making and Halloween crafting is going down at West Elm's Halloween DIY Workshop this Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00pm. Your $20 ticket includes stamps, crafts, greeting card, tote bag, snacks, beverages, and entrance to the store's limited-time pop-up shop (opening at 1:00pm).

What are you up to this beautiful weekend? Tell us below!

***BONUS EVENT*** The incredible Magic Mansion is happening again this Monday through Thursday in a spooky mansion in Downtown Orlando! Tickets are $29.95, but sign up for our newsletter (in the right column >> ) and you might be pleasantly surprised. Don't miss it!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Weekend Preview: October 17th - 19th, 2014

Halloween is almost upon us. You can tell because the weather is getting crisp, pumpkins are everywhere, and the events in Orlando are getting just a little bit weirder...

Weekend Events

This Friday (5:30-10:00pm) and Saturday (5:00-10:30pm), Celebration turns German for the seventh year in a row with its annual Celebration Oktoberfest. There will be plenty of fall activities, from hayrides and pumpkins to falling leaves. (Yes, falling leaves.)

If Phantasmagoria V: Death Comes for All doesn't sound weird and awesome to you, then Halloween may not be your favorite holiday. See eerie performances this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that include storytelling, music, and dance. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for students and seniors.

Friday, October 17th

PechaKucha Night v14 is happening again this Friday at 7:00pm at The Orange Studio on Mills. Tickets go fast, so if they're sold out, keep an eye out on the event page and the tickets page to see if anyone is getting rid or their tickets.

Everyone's favorite campfest The Rocky Horror Picture Show is happening this Friday at 7:00pm at The Abbey in downtown Orlando. Tickets are $20.

Brews, bites, and books are convene at the Orlando Public Library's Booktoberfest this Friday from 6:30 to 8:30pm. $15 gets you into the beer tasting, some bites, and membership with the Friends of the Orange County Library System; remember to RSVP!

Saturday, October 18th

After Booktoberfest, check out Boktoberfest (with one "o" missing) in Lake Wales, including free entry to the gardens, a plant sale, food, beer, kids activities, and more.

Support Page 15 and the org's childhood literacy programs by checking out Orlando Story Club's Zoinks! Stories that Make You Jump! Tickets are $15 online.

Starting this Saturday at 3:00pm, Mills will be taken over by dozens of bands, art vendors, food trucks, and more. Access to all five venues participating in Music on Mills is yours for just 15 bucks either online or at the any of the venues (cash only). 

Up in Sanford, Little Fish Huge Pond is still on that Oktoberfest high with Julie and Mo's Oktoberfest Pub Crawl. Five stops, $20, this Saturday starting at The West End Trading Company.

The Drunken Odyssey live show is back with Horror Movie Poetry Night, this Saturday at 7:00pm at Downtown's Gallery at Avalon Island.

Asia Trend Magazine invites you to the Asian Cultural Expo, this Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. This free event includes food, art, and performances from various countries from India to Indonesia. 

The Latin Food & Wine Festival is going on at Altamonte's Cranes Roost Park from 3:00 to 9:00pm with free admission.

Sunday, October 19th

Reflecting Florida "brings explorers, photographers, writers, poets, historians, naturalists, and chefs together for a day focused on Florida agriculture, art, and activism. Panel discussions, author presentations, and book signings will culminate in an open, market-wide happy hour." This whole day of mostly free activities is hosted by Bookmark It at East End Market from 11:00am to 6:00pm. 

What are you up to this weekend, Orlando? Leave a comment below!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Weekend Preview: October 9th - 12th, 2014

It's Come Out with Pride week in Orlando!!! Get ready for tons of events with tons of costumes and tons of LOVE.

Thursday, Oct. 9th

Come out to Enzian's Popcorn Flicks in the Park in Winter Park to see The Mummy. Forget Brendan Frasier- this is the 1932 classic! Free, 8pm, bring a blanket/lawn chairs!

Get your costume on and head over to Nerd Nite Orlando! If you haven't been before, you NEED to check it out! Starts at 7pm, but get there early to grab a seat! (will there be a presi on cosplay? You know it!)

Going to be in Winter Park anyway? Get your ass to the museum! The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is showing The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN. This doc tells the story of Washington, D.C. in the 1980s through the eyes of D.C. graffiti legend, COOL “DISCO” DAN. Intro by Dexos,
local muralist/graffiti artist. FREE, 6pm

A little too wholesome? Go out to Bullit Bar to watch Talbi Kweli rock out with Orlando's own Niko Is! 9pm, $10 (you read that right. only $10. how is this possible?!?!)

Thornton Park's 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk  is Halloween-themed! $10 gets you a stamp, a glass, and a map of all the locations where you will be greeted with a complimentary pour of wine, beer, or cocktail!

Friday, Oct. 10th

October Conductor Crawl. Meet at Ceviche at 6pm to join a group of awesome Orlandoans for a train ride and drinks. Then you'll finally be able to tell people you've ridden SunRail... Shhh!

Get your pride on at Come Out with Pride's Block Party at Lake Ivanhoe in front of The Hammered Lamb! 7pm, FREE!

How about another Culture Pop in Maitland! $5, 6:30pm, and this time it includes Literature Out Loud- kickass local lit readings!

An aerial artist, an art show, magic, a spectacle, an interactive art event, and a unicycle. All of this and more at 10.10.14 at the Orange Studio in Mills50. FREE, 7pm

But if you do nothing else on Friday night, go to Snap! After Dark2: A Creative Social Salon, sponsored by Come Out with Pride! There will be a live interactive fashion photoshoot, soulful performances, exotic spirits, exceptional art and video projections. $25 (I know, it's a bit over our $20 limit, but we had to include it!)

Saturday, Oct. 11th

Not enough animal dressed as humans in your life? Get your fix at Barks and Burgers in Orlando Festival Park. $15. Oh yeah... and vote for your favorite burger!

PRIDE DAY! (for 'thrifty' folks)
12pm - Pride Festival! Come down to lake Eola and stroll through the park as 150+ vendors and orgs (with a new family fun zone that includes Orlando City Soccer players...MHM!)
4pm - Pride Parade! If you're not in it, go hang out around the roads in Thornton Park to catch all the amazingness!
5pm - Dance your sweaty little heart out at ClubH2O. Lakeside dancing, in-and-out privileges, $5
9pm - Fireworks over Lake Eola! Free and FABULOUS!! Take your fella/lady out there and sneak a smooch during the 15 minute show!
10pm - AND finally, Lil Kim at Parliament House. Because why the fuck not, that's why. $15/$20 at the door

Coinciding with the John Waters Cult Art Show, The Falcon's Classy Ass Costume Party closes out PRIDE DAY in the Gayborhood!! After fireworks over Lake Eola at 9pm, head over to The Falcon to pay tribute to the Pope of Filth, Mr John Waters. Bring your hairspray, your polyester, your cha cha heels and trampolines, wear your pencil thin mustache and don't forget to smile! 8pm - 2am

Sunday, Oct. 12th

The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra's 58th Concert Season opens with this concert at the Bob Carr. Insanely talented kids playing great, classic music. Get cultured and go support! $8-$16.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Weekend Preview: October 3rd - 5th, 2014

It's October in Orlando, so let's collectively pretend it's not 90 degrees outside and break out our lightweight scarfs and switch to hot lattes. While you transform yourself into a snow bunny, enjoy all the events going on this weekend!

Friday, October 3rd

Bust out your pink outfits and get your hurr did, it's time for First Friday Fotos: Pink Edition! To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, McBeth Photography is having a pink backdrop for their amazing photo-shoots. $20 for a quick session, 3:00-9:00pm, 130 S. Orange Ave.

You know what's better than sneaking in a twist-off bottle of wine into the movie theater? (I mean, not that WE do that...) Not having to sneak at all! Bring your booze, picnic blankets, and let's face it- ponchos to Leu Gardens' Date Night movie on the lawn where they will be showing "The Birds". Opens at 6:00pm, movie at 7:30pm, $6.

Cap off an AWESOME week of Orlando Tech Week with perhaps the best T party you've ever been to. T-Party: Tech Week Wrap-Up Celebration! The challenge: wear either an old school T, a hilari-T, or a Local Love T (*coughORLANDODOESNTSUCKcough*). 7:00-10:00pm at Orlando Tech.

Saturday, October 4th

You know what else happens in October besides Pumpkin Spice Latte? ZOMBIETOBERFEST. The line-up of events starts at 2:00pm and is too long for us to list here so click that effing link! (Includes Yoga for Zombies and a Zombie Outbreak Cure Scavenger Hunt)

Don't you love how blunt and sassy Germans are? Join the German American Society of Central Florida for "Orlando Most Authentic Oktoberfest." Yes. That is the actual name of the event. So obviously you have to be there unless you hate beer and good food. $5, 2:00-11:00pm. Prost!

"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don't have books, don't f--k them." Based on that philosophy, you know the John Waters Inspired Art Show at the Falcon Bar is going to be awesome. The show starts at 8pm, and we hear the Falcon Bar is dog friendly!

Sunday, October 5th

Have you ever gone to a Thai restaurant and wanted to order something other than Pad Thai but had o idea what else to try? The 13th Annual Taste of Thailand Food Festival can help you discover new, amazing dishes as well as give you a glimpse into the rich and colorful Thai culture with Muay Thai Boxing, traditional music, and classical Thai dances. $12, 9:00am-3:00pm at the Wat Florida Dhammaram Buddhist Meditation Center.

You know what you need? A little fabulous musical number with those eggs benedict. Hamburger Mary's has you covered with their Sunday Broadway Brunch! Call ahead to reserve a table because it fills up fast! 11:00am-1:30pm, bring your appetite and sense of fun because these gals will not let you have a boring time.
You. Better. Werk.

What are you doing this Weekend, Orlandoans? Leave a comment and let us know!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weekend Preview: September 26th - 28th, 2014

Weekend Events

Someone once told us laughter is the best medicine. While it hasn't done much for my asthma attacks, it is a great break from a rough work week. Check out the Orlando Indie Comedy Fest going on from the 25th - 28th, $5 per day at various locations. I'm just hoping someone carries on The Aristocrats joke...

Thursday, September 25th

I worry we are raising the bar on getting our Weekend Previews out on time. I mean, we are VERY lazy so don't go expecting this level of efficiency all the time people. With that being said, we are excited to tell you about Sushi & Seoul On The Roll's 3 year anniversary throwdown happening at Thirsty Topher from 6-10pm. Free 312 Goose Island with every purchase and avocado fries!

Friday, September 26th

Hey smelly cats, test out your knowledge of the 90's show that taught us how to love (Ross & Rachel 4-eva) and that somehow a waitress and a baker can easily rent a spacious 2-bedroom in Manhattan. Friends Trivia Night at Bikes, Beans, and Bordeaux starts at 7pm and is free, which is good in case you lost your apartment because you didn't know the answer to what name is on the TV Guide that gets delivered to the apartment. (It's Mrs. Chanandler Bong, duh.) And if you don't get that reference, see the gif below.

We mean this with love.
If books are more your speed, Functionally Literate is being held this time at the Art & History Museums of Maitland starting at 8pm and is free as always!

Saturday, September 27th

Get ready for the first ever Artlando event from 11am-6pm, with the After Dark portion from 6pm-midnight. A free event with tons of performers, artist booths, and live art being created. Held at Loch Haven Park and will include free entry to the Orlando Museum of Art!

Does the love of your life have four paws and drools? Because ours does. Barktoberfest to benefit Orange County Animal Services is in full swing from 10am-4pm at Lake Eola. This free event will have food trucks galore, cute pups wandering around, free microchipping, $5 rabies vaccinations, and different raffles and events.

Bonus: make sure little fido is lookin' good with a wash before at the annual Shampooch event going on walking distance away on Washington St. from 9am-4pm!

Calling all young Carl Sagans- Seminole State College is holding their Fall Star Festival from 6-10:30pm for free. You can gaze at the stars, enjoy presentations, eat at the many food trucks, and enjoy a bunch of various activities for children and adults!

You know what I love? Winning. Even if it means cheating. Join me and other shameful winners in Game Changer's Cheaters Always Prosper Charity Lock-In! $15 gets you in at 9pm at CoolStuffGames in Maitland where you'll be able to nerd out and buy cheat cards, because nothing feels better than watching your opponent freak out and flip the table when  you utterly destroy them. Our mom tells us winning in an honest manner is actually better, but she's never won a tournament so don't listen to her.

Sunday, September 28th

Is this how you German?
Get your wiener on from 4-8pm at Stardust Video & Coffee for their 6th annual Dustoberfest! There will be beer, there will be krout, and above all there will be a bunch of Americans trying and failing to recreate an authentic Oktoberfest celebration. So basically it'll be awkwardly awesome.

What are you doing in Orlando this weekend? Leave a comment!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekend Preview: September 19th - 21st, 2014

Weekend Events

Have you been on the hunt for the perfect rusty "BEER" sign? Just us then? Either way, all weekend long Art Angels Market is having their Annual Fall Flea Bazaar with funky junk, apple cider, and possibly the most interesting people watching you'll find this weekend. Free, 5515 S. Orange Ave. from Sept 19-20.

Thursday, September 18th

Horns for Heroes has the goal of saving rhinos through art. Join this very important cause by attending this free art show at The Abbey from 7:00 to 11:00pm where top local and international artists have taken rhino statues and worked their artistic magic on them to create unique masterpieces. All art will be auctioned off by 11:00pm so get there with enough time to bid on your favorites!

Not feeling horny enough? Well, check out the opening reception for Donna Dowless' "Dresses: Objects of Art" show at Gallery at Avalon Island in DT Orlando. Free, 6:00 - 9:00pm, light bites and refreshments served & specialty beer provided by City Beverages.

Friday, September 19th

While we don't get much of a change in weather in the Fall, we can always use an excuse to clean out our closets and go shopping! Do just that at the OPP Fall Swap & Shop from 6:00 to 9:00pm, $10-15. It's not just clothes (shoes, jewelry, etc.) and it's not just for ladies (men & kids clothes welcome), so do your part to reduce and reuse for the planet! Unless it's underwear--throw that shit away.

We know we're not the only ones to see the Purple Purse posts all over social media lately. So, how about you get your wine tasting on at Tim's Wine Market in Oviedo for a good cause. $10 gets you wine samples, and awesome hors d'oeuvres (yes, I had to google the spelling...). This event, Wine Tasting for a Cause, benefits Harbor House's Purple Purse Campaign about economic empowerment; 5:30pm.

Saturday, September 20th

Shopping, entertainment, and drinking! All along one of Orlando's busiest streets! What could go wrong?! (Kidding, but please be careful, you boozehounds.) Ivanhoe Village Main Street presents
VIRGINIA DR. LIVE, with a wine stroll, beer garden, henna, and shopping. Free, 6:00 - 10:00pm, 817 Virginia Dr.

Put on your fancy pants and stick your pinkies in the air when you attend the Opening Night 2014: Mahler Symphony No. 1 by the Orlando Philharmonic. $17 for students, 8:30pm. EDIT: Student rush tickets are only $12! Find out more on the Phil's Facebook page.

If you're not feeling up to putting a tie on or shaving your legs (we totes understand), you can still feel like a VIP because Zwanze Day is back again!  Once a year, Belgium’s Cantillon brewery releases a limited number of kegs called Zwanze and Redlight Redlight got one, because duh Orlando Doesn't Suck. Limit is one pour per person and you have to pre-purchase it for $6. Pouring will actually start at 5:00pm but they will sell out, so get on it you beer snobs.

Sunday, September 21st

Pump up those bicycle tires or bust out your best walking shoes, CICLOVIA by reThink Your Commute is here. Robinson Street will be car-free from 10:00am to 3:00pm with tons of activities for all ages. I'll finally learn how to attach my bike to the front of a bus instead of duct taping it to the side during my commute. Free, on Robinson St. along Lake Eola.

Global Peace Day is today, so catch the last day of the Global Peace Film Festival happening around Winter Park. Various prices, including some free movies!

Bonus weekend news:

Your TheOrlandoan founders, Andi & Alex, got ENGAGED! If you want to leave them a little love Orlando-style, tell them your favorite romantic moment you've experienced in Orlando in the comments!

What are you doing in Orlando this weekend? Leave a comment!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weekend Preview: September 12th - 14th, 2014

There is so much happening this weekend, and most of it is for a good cause!

Weekend Events

The Maker Faire at the Orlando Science Center is here once again all weekend long. Starting at 10:00am on Saturday through 5:00pm on Sunday. $12-29. Get your DIY on. (Someone bring us back a robot.)

Don't miss the showings of MONSTER: A very special varieTEASE going on all weekend. It's an experiment in storytelling and don't forget to check out the website for clues and behind the scenes footage! $15-18, The Venue, Fri 12th & Sat 13th with doors opening at 8:00pm.

Thursday, September 11th

Bonus- we actually got out weekend preview out early! We did this to tell you about the awesome Thursday events, namely the 19th Nerd Nite which will feature nerd trivia for the first time ever. 7:00pm, free, Stardust Video & Coffee. Be there and be square. (4 tickets will be given away at Nerd Nite for the Maker Faire- I know right!?)

Also don't miss the Popcorn Flicks in the Park showing of Napoleon Dynamite at 8:00pm on Park Ave. for free. Get there early to get close to the screen because those Winter Park mom's don't play when staking out the good spots.

Friday, September 12th

IDEAS For Us is hosting a fundraiser with a screening of the new movie, "Disruption", at 6:45pm in the courtyard of East End Market. Following the movie there will be a discussion about what we can do to affect climate change. There will be light refreshments and while it's technically a free event, there is a suggested (and encouraged by us!) donation.

Who doesn't love a fear boner? Get yours by attending the Skill Focus: Burlesque presents Horror! at The Venue. $10-15, doors at 10:00pm, show at 11:00pm.

Saturday, September 13th

We normally stick to our $20 limit, but once in a blue moon we bend that rule if it's for a good cause. The Quack Attack on Poverty 5K is worth the extra bucks in Community Food & Outreach Center's fight to end homelessness and poverty. $29, 8:00am, Lake Baldwin Trail at Baldwin Park. The 5K will feature bubble, squirt gun and quack zones and you'll be wearing an inflatable duck-shaped pool float. I mean, come on, that screams new profile picture. Tickets still available!

The Super Mega Awesome 19th Anniversary Party!!! is happening at Will's Pub starting at 5:00pm, $10, 18+.

The Orlando Story Club, along with WMFE and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, presents Food, Glorious Food. A storytelling event open to the public with prizes for the best five minute story. $15 donation, 7:30pm, Second Harvest location.

Sunday, September 14th

How about a little yoga to cure that hangover? Yoga in Lake Eola Park is always free and happens every Sunday at 11:00am. That gives you enough time to sleep in, have some coffee or a mimosa (hair of the dog, amirite?), and clean off last night's makeup before heading over to the corner of Robinson and Eola Dr.- across from Panara- to get your OM on.

What are you doing in Orlando this weekend? Leave a comment!